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County Judge Strikes Down Some Restrictions on Public Unions in Wisconsin Law
A county judge in Wisconsin on Friday struck down much of the 2011 state law pushed through by Gov. Scott Walker that severely restricts the ability of public employees to bargain collectively.
Judge Juan B. Colás of Dane County Circuit Court overturned the law with regard to city, county and school district workers — although not state employees — ruling that it violated the federal and state Constitutions.
Judge Colás said the Republican-backed measure, which led to huge union protests, violated union members’ freedom of speech and association as well as the equal protection of the laws by subjecting them to penalties not faced by nonunion public employees.
That's very good news (even if I assumed from the title that this thread was going to be about the Packers).
Maybe Green Bay will have better luck against the Seahawks on Sep 24th.
Wisconsin’s Healthy Union Mess
A judge has ruled Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining reform unconstitutional, setting up a new round in the state’s epic union battle. John Avlon on why it’s a fight worth having.
Wisconsin Judge Rules Walker's Anti-Labor Law 'Null and Void'
Now, says Lester Pines, the attorney for the two unions that sued the state, “the decision essentially creates the  status quo for municipal employees and school district employees because it declared the essential provisions of Act 10 to be unconstitutional.”
That is not necessarily the case for state employees, since the ruling came in a case brought by municipal and school district employee unions.
But state employee union leaders say their lawyers are reviewing the judge’s decision and they suggest that the detailed referencing of constitutional concerns leads them to believe they could seek judicial intervention on behalf of their members.
What this means is that the Wisconsin fight, now more than a year and a half old, is far from finished.
It also means that union activists who framed their mass protests in February and March of 2011 on constitutional lines, arguing that their rights were under attack, may well have understood the real issues better than the governor or his legislative allies.
“As we have said from day one, Scott Walker’s attempt to silence the union men and women of Wisconsin’s public sector was an immoral, unjust and illegal power grab,” Phil Neuenfeldt, the president of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, said Friday night. “Now, a court has ruled that the essential provisions of Act 10, Scott Walker’s draconian attack on public worker’s right to collectively bargain, is unconstitutional.”